Highways that think and cars that communicate
While cars have evolved significantly over the years, driving hasn’t. We still signal to each other. And honk. And inch along during rush hour.
Panasonic has been hard at work reinventing the way that cars and roads interact, from exploring the potential of autonomous vehicles to increase traffic flow… to pioneering new technologies that will make our roadways safer.
Tomorrow’s highway today
Right now, the state of Colorado is partnering with Panasonic to develop highway systems that let vehicles communicate with each other and with infrastructure built into or along the roadway. These innovative improvements could have a major impact on the busy I-90 corridor. “Estimates are that a connected transportation system could reduce crashes by 80 percent,” says Shailen Bhatt, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Using IoT, sensor and real-time cloud computing, Panasonic’s vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications deliver an integrated software platform that allows vehicles to recognize each other and avoid dangerous situations. The platform alerts drivers to traffic congestion and can suggest up-to-the-minute alternative routing.
Radar that helps cars “see” in bad weather
Anything that can help drivers see pedestrians or other vehicles helps reduce risk. Panasonic is developing radar that operates at a higher frequency than the technology behind collision warning and other current driver assistance systems. Higher frequency means greater capacity for the system to distinguish between different objects, providing drivers with better information to make decisions.
This technology automatically learns the behavioral characteristics of objects captured by a vehicle camera, even if part of the object is hidden from the camera. Using artificial intelligence, the system teaches the vehicle to recognize pedestrians and other vehicles within video images it captures.
Taken together, these and other innovative Panasonic technologies should go a long way toward making everyone safer on the road.